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Events > In The News > Press Gazette 22May06

A Birthday Present

By Terry Anderson
May 22, 2006

Running for his brother, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - better known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and in honor of his mother-in-law, Marie Geniesse Alger, a Green Bay native who died from the disease 18 years ago, Engels completed his first marathon in 3:50:41.

"It's Steve's birthday on Wednesday, and I wanted to give him something special," said Engels, 52, of East Brunswick, N.J. "He was at home on the computer following the results and calling me on the cell phone. When I felt tired, I just thought about him."

Almost 20 members of the Engels, Alger and Geniesse contingent of family and friends came from Wisconsin, New Jersey, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and France to compete and raise awareness for ALS.


For further information, contact:
Sue and Frank Engels
61 Covington Ct.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816